John Olson

14 Sep 1869 - 24 Oct 1951


John Olson

14 Sep 1869 - 24 Oct 1951
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Grandpa Olson (John Olson) was born in Sweden and lived a good clean life. He didn't like swearing and drinking. He met Amanda Olson in Sweden but later married her in America. His father's name was Olaf Gibson so he took his father's first name and became John Olson. He had half brothers. His fathe
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John Olson


Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park

3401 South Highland Drive
Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah
United States


September 23, 2013


August 31, 2013

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John Olson--Notes on his life by granddaughter Maxine Hazel Thorne (1965)

Contributor: SydneyW Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

Grandpa Olson (John Olson) was born in Sweden and lived a good clean life. He didn't like swearing and drinking. He met Amanda Olson in Sweden but later married her in America. His father's name was Olaf Gibson so he took his father's first name and became John Olson. He had half brothers. His father was married more than once. He came to America as a young man of 18 or 19. He worked in the Utah Smelters. One day he had a terrible accident. He slipped and fell in the hot, burning, slick coals and burned his leg very badly. He had to have skin taken from other parts of his body and grafted on his burned leg. He was in the hospital for 6 or 7 months. He was so grateful they had such good doctors in those early days and felt he was truly blessed. He recovered and could walk and run and could out walk most anyone. The leg was completely healed, and the scars hardly showed. The leg was so healed it was as though he had never had that terrible accident. He loved nature and the hills. In later years he made his living as a miner in mostly gold and silver mines. He understood and loved ore and he could almost tell by looking at the different ore what it contained and how rich the ore would be. He didn't drink or smoke or gamble so he always sent his check home for his wife and children. That's when he was away from home working in the mine batching, working for someone else. He did his own cooking and put his tent by a little stream so he could get good water. In the winter there was too much snow for mining so he would be home enjoying his family. He was very handy to fix things around the home and he did all his repairing in the winter while at home. He was a jack of all trades. He was very good at building and plumbing around the house. In the evening after the evening meals were over and all the chores were completed they would sit around the kitchen table and he would sing songs from his native land, Sweden. When he retired from mining work he stayed at home and he and his wife enjoyed the Church until his wife passed away, Nov. 11, 1948. They enjoyed each other's company. He was alone for three years keeping up the house so nicely that people who came in thought he had had someone in to clean the home, it was so nice and clean. Those three years he grew more lonesome for his beloved wife. He passed away on October 24, 1951 at the age of 82. He lies side by side with his wife Amanda Olson at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Laguna Lot, Salt Lake City, Utah. In those early days the songs were based on true love stories. Some were very sad and others were gay and happy songs. Many a happy winter evening was spent in this manner. He had a lovely soft voice. He spent many happy hours singing his native songs and church songs. He was proud when his family asked him to get out his song book and sing, as he loved to sing. He would explain the song before singing.

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John Olson was born on 14 Sep 1869
John Olson was 10 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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John Olson was 14 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
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John Olson was 23 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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John Olson was 34 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
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John Olson was 45 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
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John Olson was 59 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
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John Olson was 70 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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John Olson was 76 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
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John Olson died on 24 Oct 1951 at the age of 82
Grave record for John Olson (14 Sep 1869 - 24 Oct 1951), BillionGraves Record 5250672 Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States